Evliya Çelebi: The Book of Travels
As part of the programme Our Shared Europe the exhibition Evliya Çelebi: The Book of Travels at Benaki Museum, in Athens, Greece aims to foster dialogue for mutual respect and understanding with the Islamic communities of Europe.
Evliya Çelebi, a 17th century traveller, is the hero of this exhibition. Inspired by a dream, he set out on a real life journey that simultaneously became a spiritual quest through the Ottoman Empire, which in those days extended from the depths of Anatolia to Europe and Northern Africa. He gathered his adventures in The Book of Travels known as Seyahatname. To this day a trained ear can hear how cities such as Constantinople, London, Cairo and Vienna echo with these narratives, which take us back to an age when ideas began to be exchanged.
This exhibition concerns exchange and mutual respect, the manner in which stories are created and the constant dialogue between the Islamic communities and the cities of Europe.
The main organising forces behind this exhibition from abroad are: The British Council, the Young Foundation, Maslaha, Effusion.
Valuable contributors include: Khalili Art Collection, Suki Chan, Royal Academy of Music, Adam Williamson, Mercan Dede, Emre Araci, Bethnal Green Library, Caroline Finkel, Donna Laundry, Gerald Maclean, Nabil Matar, Suraiya Faroqhi, Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Owen Wright
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